“With throw down your heart, Béla fleck has contributed significantly to the history of the banjo, as well as inventing a style of music never before played on this great instrument.” —Steve Martin
Banjoist extraordinaire Béla fleck has been nominated in more categories than any other musician in grammy history. When it dawned on him that most people had lost sight of his chosen instrument’s african heritage, he decided to make a pilgrimage to africa to investigate and connect with the banjo’s folk-music roots. Bela fleck: throw down your heart (docurama films) follows the banjoist on a musical adventure from Uganda to tanzania, gambia, Mali and elsewhere in africa. as the virtuoso travels through the continent, exploring the banjo’s history, he records with some of africa’s finest musicians and discovers the rich and diverse traditions of africa, as well as the bigheartedness of its people. (Many of those recordings appear on the dvd’s companion Cd, available separately on Rounder Records, also titled throw down your heart.) fascinating location footage and brilliant jam sessions are melded together with the help of director and fleck’s co-producer Sascha Paladino. throw down your heart won the Best Music documentary award at Silverdocs and audience awards at SXSW and the vancouver international film festival. for more information, go to www. throwdownyourheart.com, www. docurama.com and www.belafleck.com. Click here to preview the movie.